Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Vol.249, 98-105, 2019
Hierarchical microsphere of MoNi porous nanosheets as electrocatalyst and cocatalyst for hydrogen evolution reaction
In industrial water electrolysis cell, the electrocatalyst has a sluggish water dissociation kinetics leading to low electrocatalytic activity for the generation of H-2 from water splitting. This work reports a hierarchical micro-sphere constructed by MoNi porous nanosheets derived from NiMoO4 microsphere, as a rapid Tafel-step-decided electrocatalyst towards hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). Consequently, the synthesized MoNi hierarchical microsphere (MoNi HM) electrocatalyst exhibits an onset potential of as small as -7 mV vs. RHE, an operating potential of 72 mV for 10 mA cm(-2), and a low Tafel slope of 36.6 mV per decade in 1.0 M KOH. Furthermore, MoNi HM as cocatalyst and CdS nanowires as photocatalyst are physically mixed (MoNi HM/CdS NWs) and presentes a champion photocatalytic performance for H-2 production with a prominent H-2 generation rate of as high as 151.7 mu mol mg(-1) h(-1) at lambda > 420 nm light illumination. The large contact area between MoNi nanosheets and CdS nanowires endows the fast separation of photogenerated charge carriers to significantly facilitate the photocatalytic H-2 production.